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A man who was allegedly beaten to death by Virginia Tech football player Isimemen Etute had identified himself as a woman on the Tinder dating app.

Etute, 18, was charged with second-degree murder in the fatal beating of Jerry Smith, 40.

Police say Etute and Smith had matched on the dating site Tinder, but Smith identified as a woman named "Angie" on the app.

Smith allegedly used a woman's picture in his profile and asked men to wear a blindfold when they arrived at his apartment.

Etute reportedly went to Smith's apartment on April 10, where "Angie" performed oral sex on him.

Etute's attorney, Jimmy Turk, said his client didn't realize Smith was a man until he returned to the apartment for a second sexual encounter on May 31.

Etute told police he punched Smith repeatedly in the face and continued punching and stomping the victim after he fell to the floor. He said he heard Smith "bubbling and gurgling" and left the apartment without calling the police or medics.

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Smith's body was found in his Blacksburg, Va. apartment on June 1. A coroner determined his death was caused by blunt force trauma to the head and face. The coroner's report noted Smith lost multiple teeth, had multiple skull fractures and every bone in his face was fractured.

Etute, who was suspended from Virginia Tech and the football team, was released on $75,000 bond at his bond hearing on Wednesday. He is allowed to stay with family in Virginia Beach on house arrest and electronic monitoring until his trial in September.

Multiple Virginia Tech players -- most of them wearing Virginia Tech gear -- were in attendance to support Etute at the packed bond hearing.

There are reports that Smith was fired from Blacksburg area bars for sexually harassing young men.

Turk implied that he might use a gay panic defense, which is banned in Virginia and 10 other states. The gay panic ban becomes effective in Virginia on July 1.

"I'm not saying what happened was acceptable, but this was more than someone just showing up to an apartment and punching someone," Turk told the judge.

"Nobody deserves to die, but I don't mind saying, don't pretend you are something that you are not. Don't target or lure anyone under that perception. That's just wrong."

Turk struggled to fight back tears when he asked for bond for his client.

"I've tried more than 100 murder cases in my lifetime, and normally I don't even ask for bail," Turk said with his voice quivering. "If there's ever been a time for someone to be considered for bail, this is it."

Kid Rock refuses to apologize for using a gay slur during a performance at a Tennessee bar last weekend.

The 50-year-old musician was performing at the FishLipz Bar & Grill in Smithville, Tennessee on Saturday, June 5, when he objected to audience members filming him with their cell phones.

Kid Rock shouted "f--k your iPhone" and called audience members "f--king f-ggots". The footage was obtained by TMZ and went viral on Monday, prompting gay rights activists to demand an apology from the rap-rocker.

Instead, on Wednesday, Kid Rock tweeted in the third person:

"If Kid Rock using the word faggot offends you, good chance you are one. Either way, I know he has a lot of love for his gay friends and I will have a talk with him. Have a nice day."

He signed off as Bob Ritchie, his real name.

Last month, Kid Rock was caught up in a racial controversy after showing support for fellow white musician Morgan Wallen, who was suspended from his label and banned from country music radio stations after he was filmed using the N-word during a night out with friends.

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Kid Rock, who has a biracial son, offered Wallen his first gig following the controversy at his Nashville bar.

The word f-ggot is an LGBT+ insult in American culture. But in Britain, it means a bundle of small sticks tied together with string.

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A Virginia Tech linebacker who allegedly killed a man he thought was a woman will reportedly use the Gay Panic Defense (GPD).

Isimemen Etute, 18, was suspended from the team after he was charged with second-degree murder in the June 2 beating death of Blacksburg, Virginia, resident Jerry Smith, 40.

Prosecutors say Etute allegedly told investigators he went to Smith's apartment on April 10 for oral sex after he was matched with a woman named "Angie" on the Tinder dating app.

He said he returned to Smith's apartment on May 31 for a second sexual encounter after he was matched with another woman on the app, according to Yahoo Sports. However, he became enraged when he discovered the "woman" was actually Smith.

Etute told police he punched Smith five times in the face and stomped the victim multiple times as he lay on the floor. Etute said he heard Smith "bubbling and gurgling" and left the apartment without calling the police or medics.

Smith's body was found in his apartment 2 days later, Yahoo Sports reports.

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According to the county medical examiner, Smith died from blunt force trauma to the head and face. Prosecutors said that Smith lost multiple teeth, had multiple skull fractures and every bone in his face was fractured.

Smith's family called police to conduct a welfare check at his apartment after their phone calls went unanswered.

A family spokesperson described Smith as a proud, openly gay man who worked in the restaurant industry and wouldn't harm a fly.

Etute, who was ranked 29th of Virginia Tech's 2021 recruiting class, appeared at a bond hearing on Wednesday. He was released on $75,000 bail and is allowed to stay with family in Virginia Beach, on house arrest and electronic monitoring, until his trial in September.

Etute's defense attorney, Jimmy Turk, implied that he would use a gay panic defense -- even though the gay panic defense is banned in Virginia.

"I'm not saying what happened was acceptable, but this was more than someone just showing up to an apartment and punching someone," Turk told the judge.

"Nobody deserves to die, but I don't mind saying, don't pretend you are something that you are not. Don't target or lure anyone under that perception. That's just wrong."

Multiple Virginia Tech players were in attendance at the packed bond hearing, according to Yahoo Sports.

The gay panic defense (not to be confused with homosexual panic) is used by defense attorneys to reduce the charge for a client who is accused of assault or murder of a member of the LGBT+ community.

Gay panic occurs when the perpetrator temporarily loses his sanity and becomes extremely upset at a perceived threat to his manhood after the sexual orientation or gender of the victim is revealed.

The National LGBT Bar Association defines the gay panic defense as "a legal strategy which asks a jury to find that a victim's sexual orientation or gender identity is to blame for the defendant's violent reaction, including murder."

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Rapper Benzino's daughter, aspiring rapper Coi Leray (left) came out as a lesbian on Instagram in time to join Gay Pride Month festivities.

Coi came out with her lover, rapper Pressa, in a video she shared on her Instagram Story.

Coi Leray is best known for an embarrassing viral video that showed a crowd in stunned silence as they watched her perform at the Toyota Center in Houston on Saturday, May 29.

Nicki Minaj and other rappers showed support for the 24-year-old rapper who was devastated when the video went viral.

The comments were brutal, with many social media users suggesting Coi should find another line of work.

Coi tweeted:

"The love use to outweigh the hate but now the hate outweigh the love and it's slowing destroying me. Y'all haters are in my life for a reason, we gon have to just deal with each other. In with whatever smoke."

Nicki came to the young lady's defense, writing:

"Don't do that. Chin up. Always remember this, when black ppl not fkn w|you #TheyWillBoo. Those ppl were on their feet. That means they may not have known the song, but they were interested in getting to know more— so they were observing u. Charge it to the game & move on."

The grateful rapper responded:

"Thank you so much for this. This means everything and more to me. Wow. I'm speechless. You just gave me so much more hope. Thank you again."


Kandi Burruss celebrated the first day of Gay Pride month by donning a rainbow outfit complete with rainbow sandals, red extensions, and a rainbow parasol.

The Real Housewives of Atlanta star, who confessed to having sexual preferences for both women and men, shared photos of her colorful getup on Instagram on Tuesday, June 1.

The 45-year-old mother-of-three captioned the photos: "Live your life to the fullest! #HappyPrideMonth."

In 2017, Kandi opened up about being bisexual:

"I've said on Housewives before, I have said on Kandi Koated Nights before, yes I've had a girl experience. It's not a secret, but I'm very happily married with my husband and I am not a lesbian waiting to come out of the closet."

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In a RHOA episode during season 8, Kandi became agitated when castmate Porsha Williams suggested she was a closeted lesbian.

"She was mad about something else that she thought I said on the show," Kandi said.

"So I guess she shaded me about that and her shade was saying that I was quote unquote 'lesbian waiting to come out of the closet.' Now when I found out she said this, of course, I was looking at her like, 'Oh no you didn't say that!' You know, 'cause I'm like, 'Girl, you like to hookup with girls, so why would you say that as if that were shade?'"

Kandi also denied reports that she is a dominatrix who keeps a well-stocked sex dungeon in her Cascade area mansion.

Jay Z's mother begged the rapper not to release his deeply personal track "Smile" off his thirteenth studio album 4:44 (2017), in which he talked about his mom's sexuality.

Gloria Carter was anxious about the song that detailed her coming out phase. Carter reportedly begged her son not to release the song -- even though her sexuality was no secret by then.

Carter eventually changed her mind and presented her son with a poem she wrote that he included on the record.

"It changed the dynamic of our relationship," he said during an appearance on The Shop: Uninterrupted.

"When she first heard that song she got super defensive... I was in L.A. and she flew out to L.A. and then she left and was like, 'No'. We talked through it. And then when she flew back to L.A. she had written a poem. She wrote that on the plane. It came with the American Airlines note pad... I was like, 'You got bars, ma!'"

During the barbershop-style chat with LeBron James and Bad Bunny, Jay Z revealed he still can't listen to his album 4:44 in its entirety because of its personal nature.

"It's a lot, but it had to be done," the rapper said of his last album.

"It was... an evolution of all the things that I'd been through... It was important to write... To be vulnerable in that space after you've done all this work... I had so many super gangsta rappers tell me, 'Thank you for that!' They would tell me on the side, 'You saved my relationship'."

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Gloria Carter and her date, Roxanne Wiltshire, posed for a photo at the Shawn Carter Foundation Gala on November 16, 2019.

Jay Z, real name Shawn Corey Carter, and his siblings were raised by their single mom in the Marcy housing project in Brooklyn's Bedford–Stuyvesant neighborhood.

His absentee father, Adnis Reeves, reunited with his children just before he died in 2003. That same year, Jay Z and his mother founded The Shawn Carter Foundation, which assists eligible students pay college tuition.

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Madonna nearly broke the Internet when she shared an Instagram video of her son David Banda wearing a dress around their sprawling mansion on Sunday.

Madonna, 62, captioned the video, "Confidence is everything."

The 15-year-old modeled the ankle-length white designer dress, which featured black hand-painted letters by @mae_couture, as he sashayed from room-to-room.

The teenager said, "I low-key like wearing... like, it's so freeing, you know what I mean?"

Madonna's celebrity friends praised David enthusiastically in the comments section.

"Omg I Love him. Look out @naomi," wrote Debi Mazur, comparing the teen to the middle-aged supermodel.

Madonna is also mom to daughter Lourdes Leon, 24, son Rocco Ritchie, 20, daughter Mercy James, 15, and 8-year-old twins Stella and Estere whom she adopted from Malawi. Madonna adopted David from Malawi in 2006.

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In a previous interview, Madonna named David as her favorite child. She seemed to suggest that David loved playing in her closet and trying on his mom's feminine things.

"What he has more than anything is focus and determination," she told British Vogue in 2019.

"I'm pretty sure he got it from me. He's the one I have the most in common with. I feel like he gets me; he has more of my DNA than any of my children so far. Let's see what happens – it's still early days for everyone."

Rumor has it that David's brother, Rocco, moved to London to live with his father to get away from his mother's influence.

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When Rocco (pictured left) was 16, he took to Instagram to say that he is "so glad" he doesn't live with his mother anymore.

He made the comment after Madonna posted a video of herself, David, then-11, and Mercy, then-10, participating in a viral mannequin challenge.

"So glad I don't live there anymore," Rocco wrote.

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Terry McMillan deactivated her Twitter account over the weekend after sending a controversial tweet about attention-seeking celebrities coming out of the closet.

The acclaimed author wrote: "I don't understand why celebrities have to announce their sexuality. Just be who you are."

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After a furious response from the LGBT+ community, who called out McMillan's heterosexual privilege, she deactivated her Twitter account.

Members of Gay Twitter wondered if McMillan's marriage to a bisexual man may have hardened her heart.

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Actor Billy Porter gave his first exclusive interview on Tamron Hall Show since revealing he has been living with HIV for 14 years.

"The "Pose" star candidly opened up about the moment he learned he was HIV-positive in 2007, the shame he felt in hiding his diagnosis from his mom for 14 years and how playing his character "Pray Tell" in the groundbreaking LGBT+ series helped him work through his trauma.

"2007 we'll start there, the backstory... was one of the worst years of my life. I say I was on the precipice of obscurity and wasn't working a lot in showbusiness. February of that year, I was diagnosed with diabetes. Type two, hereditary, it's in my family. By March I was filing bankruptcy papers and by June of that year, 2007, I was diagnosed HIV-positive."

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Porter shared the moment he learned he'd tested positive for HIV:

"So I had a pimple on my butt. It just came on my butt, a regular pimple. A week it got bigger. Another week, it got harder. You know, then all of a sudden it felt like it was infected and I couldn't really sit on my right side and I had to maneuver and so I didn't have medical insurance at the time. And I went to the Callen-Lorde LGBTQ clinic, and the man at the desk said, 'Well, do you want to get an HIV test?' And it was like, 'oh, yeah, yeah, it's about six months. ( I'd do it every six months.) Yes, of course.' And so I got the test. And the doctor looked at my butt and then I was waiting for about 20 minutes and then the doctor came out with that look. I knew exactly what he was about to say. I responded, just as I had, just as I did in season one, episode four of 'Pose' when they tell Pray Tell."

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"This is what HIV-positive looks like now. I'm going to die from something else before I die from that," Porter said. "I'm the healthiest I've been in my entire life."

"There's something in the survival that is greater than me," he said. "I was left here to tell the story to remind the world that we were here. We've always been here. We're still here and we're not ever going anywhere."

"Pose" was not renewed by the FX Network, reportedly due to behind the scenes fighting and cast and crew having sexual relations.


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Colton Underwood slammed social media questions about his sex life after coming out as homosexual last month.

The 29-year-old former "Bachelor" star was asked via Instagram to explain how many men he has "done things with," prompting him to lash out at questions about his personal life.

Colton posted a Q+A bubble while he was on a flight, telling his 2 million Instagram followers: "Ask me a question."

Some of Colton's fans flatly refused to believe he is really LGBT.

He bristled when one fan wrote "How many guys have you done things with?".

"Let me vent for a second. Questions like this are inappropriate. I understand you might know me from the bachelor where I shared a lot about my personal life. I have set boundaries and I'm respecting myself in a way that will lead me to a healthier life."

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He added just because he claimed to be a virgin Bachelor doesn't give strangers permission to question his sex life with men.

"I never asked to be labeled as the virgin bachelor and have people feel the security to ask me questions about my sex life. It just happened and during that time I thought I had no other choice but to just go with it the network would be mad."

Social media users, who accused Colton of being "gay for play," called him a liar and a narcissist.

One user wrote: "Another privileged gay moaning. Get a grip there are people way worse off than you. I for one couldn't care less what he does just go away and start living your life in private."

Another wrote: "Why?! Your entire platform was about being a virgin when you were pretending to like women. Now that it turns out it's men, why is that not ok??"

And a third wrote: "It's okay for him to experiment with men PRIOR to become the Bachelor, and it's okay for him to do a show about coming out...but it's not okay to ask him if he is saving his virginity with men or if he has been active. Colton, GO AWAY."